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July 29, 2011

This Week

In Chicago

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Architecture Cruises Lake Tours - Water Taxis


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29 FRIDAY Browse an record-breaking selection of inexpensive used books at the Newberry Library’s 2011 Annual Book Fair. Fri noon-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 60 W. Walton. 312/943-9090.

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ON THE COVER CATCH THE MAGIC As beautiful as Chicago’s skyline is by day, it’s even more dramatic by night, especially on a Shoreline Night Architecture  Cruise! Entertaining Shoreline guides reveal the history and drama of the city’s great architecture while passengers enjoy superb views of Chicago’s skyscrapers glowing against starlit skies. For firework fans, Shoreline offers both Lake Fireworks Cruises and combo Architecture/Fireworks Cruises on Wednesday and Saturday nights. As for daytime cruises, Shoreline’s Architecture Cruises depart Ogden Slip at Navy Pier daily beginning at 10am and Skyline Lake Tours depart Navy Pier daily beginning at 11am. Both cruises offer multiple departures – ideal for a busy touring schedule. Visitors also love to hop on Shoreline’s Water Taxis for fast, fun  connections to top attractions. Taxis docks include Navy Pier, Michigan Avenue Bridge, Willis (Sears) Tower/Union Station, and Museum Campus. For updated information  on schedules, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance and save at www.shorelinesightseeing.com or 312/222-9328.

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How far can a kid from Minnesota go with a handful of heartfelt synthpop songs written and recorded in his bedroom? In the case of Adam Young (aka Owl City), all the way to a soldout date tonight at the Aragon Ballroom. 7pm. $22.25. 1106 W. Lawrence. 773/561-9500.

The newly reinvented LaSalle Power Co. offers three times the fun. Sing along, clap along, and drink along until 2am at the dueling PARTY bar, Heart & Soul. On the 2nd floor, LaSalle Power Co. offers a high-energy dance party with resident DJs spinning favorites from Top 40’s to 80’s throwbacks. Up on the 3rd floor, the sexy Australian imports Thunder From Down Under bring their buffed bodies to adoring fans. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.lasallepowerco.com.


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The Chicago White Sox take on the Boston Red Sox at 7:10pm, Sat at 6:10pm, and Sun at 1:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. to 35th 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. Straightforward acoustic rockers the BoDeans make their annual head-scratchingly popular visit to Ravinia Festival. 7:30pm. $27-$55. 418 N. Sheridan in Highland Park. to Ravinia 847/566-5100. As artist bios go, the most interesting in Chicago jazz has to belong to guitarist John Moulder, who in addition to being one fierce instrumentalist also happens to be a Roman Catholic priest. Catch him at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Fri at 9pm and Sat at 8pm. $12. 4802 N. Broadway. 773/8785552.

Experience the River North Gallery District with Starbucks Saturday Gallery Art Tours hosted by Chicago Gallery News. This complimentary tour offers insights into the latest gallery exhibits. 11am-12:30pm. FREE. Meet at 750 N. Franklin. 312/649-0064. www.chicagoartdealers.org.

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Come out for art, fashion, vintage treasures, food and live music and more at Randolph Street Market! $10 at the gate, 12 & under always free. Plumbers Hall, 1350 W. # Randolph. 312/666-1200.20 Festival season marches on with the ever-popular Taste of Lincoln Avenue. Among those scheduled to perform are Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel and more. Also new this year, shop the “Lill Street Craft Fair” showcasing DIY art. Sat-Sun noon-10pm. Gate donation $7. On Lincoln between Wrightwood and Fullerton. 777/868-3010. to Fullerton

View Navy Pier’s spectacular fireworks display aboard Seadog’s Fireworks Cruises. This narrated tour offers amazing panoramic views of the world famous Chicago skyline and the best seats in the house for firework viewing. Wed at 9pm and Sat at 9:45pm. Adults $29.95–$31.95, children (3-12) $16.95. Departs from Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand. 888/636-7737. # www.seadogcruises.com. 124 The Cupid Players, Chicago’s allmusical sketch comedy group, guarantees a night of side-splitting laughter with their smash-hit revue Cupid Has a Heart On, a Musical Guide to Relationships, now in its fourth year at i.O. Theatre. 10:30pm. $20. 3541 N. Clark. 773/880-0199.


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Sip your favorite cocktail while taking in the sunlit majesty of Chicago’s world-famous skyline with Chicago From the Lake’s Evening Architectural Cocktail Cruise. Mon-Sat 6pm, Sun at 8pm. Adults $58, seniors $52, children ages 7-18 $22. 465 N. McClurg. # 312/527-1977. 124 It may not have quite the historical cachet as the Beatles at Shea Stadium, but don’t think longtime fans won’t be just as pumped when the leader of the Fab Four – Sir Paul McCartney – graces our own baseball diamond with a pair of shows at Wrigley Field. Sun and Mon at 8pm. $49.50-$250. 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-2827.

Come treasure hunting at Wolff’s Flea Market, Chicagoland’s largest weekly flea market. Wolff’s returns to Allstate Arena with a diverse mix of merchandise, including new items, antiques, collectibles, sports cards, tools, electronics, jewelry, food and more. Sun from 6am-3pm. Adults $2, seniors 62+ and kids 6-12 $1. 6920 N. Mannheim in Rosemont. 847/524-9590. to Rosemont Club Lucky’s Sunday Brunch offers a cool start to your summer Sunday with refreshing drinks and cuisine on the sunny sidewalk patio. Menu includes Prosciutto Wrapped Melon, Malted Waffles with Hot Apple Compote and much more. 11am-2:30pm. 1824 W. Wabansia. 773/227-2300. Hard Rock Café rocks the warm weather season on their awardwinning patio with Sunday Fundays! Come chill from 2pm4pm, listen to live music, sip summery cocktails like the Blackberry Smash, grab some grub, and play a round of bags. 63 W. Ontario. 312/943-2252.

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1 MONDAY Take in Chicago’s top sites, famous parks and beautiful lakefront with Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours! The popular Lakefront/Museum Campus Tour covers eight scenic miles from Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain to Museum Campus and Soldier Field with knowledgeable guides leading the way. Daily tours offered 9am, 11:30am, and 2:40pm. $60. Departs from 337 E. Randolph. 312/5525100. $5 off with ad on page 24. Mondays are free at Chicago History Museum! Come explore the museum’s newest exhibition, Out in Chicago, which explores Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities against the backdrop of the dynamic forces that shaped Chicago’s development. 9:30am4:30pm. Free today! 1601 N. # 151 Clark. 312/642-4600.

Two local punk-pop institutions team up for a pair of shows as veterans the Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio share a two-night bill at Metro. Tonight at 6:30pm and Tue at 8pm. $27. 3730 N. Clark. 773/549-4140. to Addison The Chicago White Sox take on the New York Yankees today at 7:10pm, Tues at 7:10pm, Wed at 7:10pm, and Thurs at 7:10pm at U.S. Cellular Field. 333 W. 35th. 866/SOX-GAME. to 35th

2 TUESDAY The resplendent Chicago jazz singer Dee Alexander heads up tonight’s installment of the glorious summertime Tuesdays on the Terrace series on the back patio of the Museum of Contemporary Art. 5:30pm. FREE. 220 E. Chicago. 312/280-2660. #151

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Experience Wendella Boat’s signature tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. The 90-minute Combined Lake and River Tour includes a trip through the Chicago Lock, and it is perfect for anyone interested in Chicago’s rich culture and history. Frequent departures start at 10am. Adults $26, seniors $25, children (3-11) $13. 400 N Michigan. 312/3371446. #151


3 WEDNESDAY The Shedd Aquarium’s summer concert series Jazzin’ at the Shedd returns. Come out and enjoy the straightforward swinging jazz vocals of Petra Van Nuisand and stunning fireworks against Chicago’s skyline. 5pm–10pm. Adults $18, children (3-11) $16. 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312/9392438. www.sheddaquarium.org. Guest violinist Jennifer Koh joins the Grant Park Music Festival for an evening of Britten and Brahms at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. 6:30pm. FREE. 201 E. Randolph. 312/742-1168.

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Immerse yourself in an energetic world of insects with Cirque Du Soleil’s OVO! Between the arrival of a mysterious egg and a classic love story, intense curiosity and emotion fills this colorful ecosystem. 8pm. $68.50$243.50. Under the Big Top at the United Center, 1901 W. Madison. www.cirquedusoleil.com. # 20

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Put on your dancing shoes and head to the open-air dance floor in the Spirit of Music Garden in Grant Park. Chicago SummerDance offers an introductory one-hour dance lesson by professional instructors followed by two–hours of live music and dancing. Thu-Sat from 6pm- 9:30pm, Sun 4pm-7pm. Free. 601 S. Michigan. 312/742-4007. www.ChicagoSummerDance.org 

Discover why Chicago has been dubbed a ‘toddlin town’ with Chicago Detours 2-hour Good Times Around Michigan Ave walking tour. The tour explores present and former sites of grand balls, jazz clubs, and more. Adults $26, senior/student $24, age 5-12 $18. Departs from Tribune Store Tue 10am, Fri 1:30pm, Sat 10am & 8pm, and Sun 1:30pm. 435 N. Michigan. 312/350-1131. www.chicagodetours.com.

Hit the pavement with the NIKETOWN Running Club at 6:15pm, rain or shine. Meet at the store, stretch, and run or walk 3, 5, or 7 miles—your choice, your pace. It’s fun, free, and guaranteed to give you a great workout. Just show up and lace up! FREE. 669 N. Michigan.312/642-6363. Pickers, grinners, lovers, sinners – come one, come all to relive the ‘70s with the Steve Miller Band tonight at the Chicago Theatre. 8pm. $38-$98. 175 N. State. 312/462-6300. Excalibur, Chicago’s venerable party castle, presents LIVE in the Dome every Thursday night featuring Chicago’s newest, up-andcoming local bands.  Guests can enjoy the tunes along with rockin’ drink specials like $3 PBRs, $5 Jameson shots and a $5 combo PBR and Jameson shot.  9pm. Door cover $5. 632 N. Dearborn. 312/266-1944. Comp admission for 2 with ad on page 65.

The Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds today at 1:20pm, Sat at 12:05pm, and Sun at 1:20pm at Wrigley Field. 1060 W. Addison. 800/THE-CUBS. Don’t miss the awardwinning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast performing at the Oriental Theatre through August 7th. Tickets $18-$85. Tonight at 8pm. 24 W. Randolph. 800/775-2000. www.BroadwayInChicago.com. Dine on the freshest seafood in town (35 daily options!) at Catch 35, just blocks away from the theater. 35 W. Wacker. 312/346-3500. Happy hour takes on a new meaning with First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Relax with a cash bar featuring specialty drinks and free Wolfgang Puck appetizers. Enjoy live music from local DJs, creation stations, and more. Must be 21 or older. 6pm10pm. $18. 220 E. Chicago. 312/397-4010.


here’$ the Deal! WHERE TO GO TO MAKE YOUR DOLLAR GO A LITTLE FURTHER IN CHICAGO EVERY DAY FRIDAY EXCALIBUR invites guests to raise the roof on Chicago’s largest dance floor. Comp admission for 2 with ad on page 65. 632 N. Dearborn. 312/266-1944.

SATURDAY Happy Hour Sushi at SIMPLY THALIA means 1/2 price nigri sushi  and some $5 maki from 4pm to 6pm daily, and all day Saturday. 108 N. State. 312/750-9098.

SUNDAY 2-for-1 admission to THE BACKROOM Sunday thru Thursday with ad on page 64. Catch live music acts from blues to Motown. 1007 N. Rush. 312/751-2433.

MONDAY Get a free lesson on Chicago’s fascinating history absolutely free today at CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM. 1601 N. Clark. 312/642-4600.

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Kids Korner Rainforest Café: FREE chef’s appetizer of the day or kid’s meal with ad on page 11.

Sights Amazing Chicago: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 26. Seadog Cruises: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 28. Tall Ship Windy: 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 28.

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TUESDAY Enjoy a FREE Mango Lassi or FREE dessert every Monday through Friday at downtown’s CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE. Yum! 899 S. Plymouth Ct. 312/362-9999.

WEDNESDAY Take a mid-week break at FINN MCCOOL’S where you can dine on Three-Buck Burger $3 and $3 Bud/Bud Light Drafts. 15 W. Division. 312/337-4349.

Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen: FREE potato pancakes with purchase of sandwich or entrée with ad on page 61.

Nightlife The BackRoom: 2-for-1 admission with ad on page 64. Excalibur: Free admission for 2 with ad on page 65.

THURSDAY Thirsty Thursday just got a lot cheaper with $5 10oz. Martinis at PIZZANO’S PIZZA AND PASTA. Limit 2 per person. 61 E. Madison. 312/236-1777.

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Kids Korner MAGIQUEST In MagiQuest, a new interactive live-action gaming arena, kids use wands, wits and imagination to create their own storyline. Battle Charlock the Dragon, duel the Goblin King & help the Pixie regain her ability to fly. Keep the wand, experience the Magic and remember the adventure forever! Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Initial wand purchase required. Wands start at 19.95. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855, www.MagiQuest.com. Bring in ad below for free game time. 

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MILLENNIUM PARK Take part in hands-on craft projects, reading circles, garden and science activities and more with Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park. Each day brings a different kind of music, ranging anywhere from folk to hip-hop, and children are invited to join the Wiggleworms instructors from the Old Town School of Folk Music in sing-alongs, dances and more. The fun runs daily from 10am-3pm. FREE. # Michigan & Randolph. 312/742-1168. 151

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SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore the mysterious world of sea jellies at the Shedd Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Jellies. Dive into the intriguing underwater world of these fascinating creatures and experience a hands-on exhibit that showcases more than 10 species of jellies and examines their unique lifecycle. Daily 8:30am-6pm. Adults $28.95, children 3-11 $19.95 (exhibits may require additional fee). 1200 S. Lake Shore. 312/939# 146 2438.

AMERICAN THE ADLER GIRL PLACE PLANETARIUM Spend the afterThe Adler noon with your Planetarium favorite historical reveals a new, girls at the immersive space American Girl experience like no Place. Stock up other in the on the latest world. Deep WRIGLEY accessories, browse Space Adventure FIELD TOURS the bookstore, and takes you aboard the observation deck of a futuristic Wrigley is more than design matching starship where you will be surrounded by the largerjust a ballpark; it’s a doll and girl T-shirts than-life phenomena of our dynamic Universe. The cenmonument to the before enjoying a terpiece of Deep Space Adventure is the Grainger Sky Chicago Cubs and lovely afternoon tea Theater, which offers audiences the most immersive, fans alike. Bring the or dinner. America technologically enhanced theater experience ever family to celebrate Girl Place invites developed. 1300 N. Lake Shore Dr. 312/922-STAR. the legendary park’s you to open up rich history, which your imagination! began in 1914. Each 75-minute Tour includes stops at Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-9pm, the Cubs Clubhouse, press box and more. Tours are and Sun 9am-7pm. 835 N. Michigan. offered July 4-6, 10-15, 17-20, and 24-28. Times vary. # 151 877/247-5223. $25. 1060 W. Addison. 773/404-CUBS. to Addison

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ Go wild every Wednesday on Family Night at Rainforest Café, when kids 10 & under eat for only $2.99 with the purchase of an adult entrée from 5pm-close. 605 N. Clark. 312/787-1501. Bring coupon below for a FREE chef’s appetizer of the day or kid’s meal!

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MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM SHOP Beat the scorching Chicago heat and indulge in one of Mitchell’s tastefully unique ice cream flavors. Whether you order the chocolate Root Beer Float or stick to vanilla, these colorful flavors come packed in giant waffle cones. Challenge your taste buds with their famous homemade hot fudge topping! 629 N. Wells. 312/255-0340.

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TALL SHIP WINDY Enjoy true stories of piracy and seafaring mortality aboard the Tall Ship Windy’s 75-minute Real Pirates of the Inland Seas sail. You may just have to engage the enemy as the “privateers” defend our beautiful Chicago coastline. Tours depart daily at 11:45am and 5:30pm. Adults $30, seniors 61+ $25, students $20, and children 11 and under $10. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier. 312/595-5555, #1. Get 2-for# 124 1 tickets with coupon on page 28.

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Kids Korner • J M Barrie’s classic story PETER PAN performs at the 360–degree CGI state-of-the-art theater tent at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center (650 W. Chicago; 800/775-2000).

• PINKALICIOUS performs a colorful musical adventure at the Broadway Playhouse Theatre (175 E. Chestnut; 800/745-3000).

• CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’s OVO brings its colorful ecosystem to the Grand Chapiteau tent at United Center (1901 W. Madison; 800/678-5440).

• I.O. Theatre combines improv, music, and storytelling into an unforgettable make-believe theater event called STORYTOWN! Fun for kids ages 3-10. (3541 N. Clark; 773/880-0199).

• CIRQUE SHANGHAI EXTREME electrifies audiences at the Navy Pier Skyline Stage (600 E. Grand; 800/745-3000).

• Don’t miss the wildly popular entertainment phenomenon BLUE MAN GROUP at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted; 773/348-4000).

• DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes to life on stage at the Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph; 800/775-2000).

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Sights

Summer fun is finally pier!

summer fun awaits at NAVY PIER (312/595-PIer), Chicago’s lakefront playground! Witness breathtaking artistry and gravity defying balancing acts with CIRQUE SHANGHAI EXTREME, presented rain or shine at the canopied, open-air Navy Pier® Pepsi® skyline stage (800/745-3000). Come see for yourself why over 1 million people have gotten lost at AMAZING CHICAGO’S FUNHOUSE MAZE (888/893-7300). This thrilling self-paced, sensory experience invites guests to navigate their way through over 4,000-square-feet of tunnels, mazes, and fun. Buy-1-get-1-free coupon on page 26. Cruising Chicago’s waterways since 1939, experience why SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING (312/222-9328) is famous for its Chicago river architecture Cruises, lake michigan skyline Tours, and many specialty cruises. Departing daily from Navy Pier and the Pier’s ogden slip. 14

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AT T R AC T I O N S AMAZING CHICAGO Navigate through 4,000-square feet of sensory experiences. Stumble through the Spinning Tunnel, stomp out the Great Chicago Fire and much more! Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Adult pass $10.95 and child pass $9.95. Amazing Value 4-pack $39.95. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/893-7300, www.amazingchicago.com. (P-30) CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY’S HAROLD WASHINGTON LIBRARY CENTER The largest municipal library in the world featuring a $1.4 million public art collection and special exhibits. Mon-Thu 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm. FREE. 400 S. State, 312/747-4300, www.chipublib.org. (I-38)

This distinctive building offers visitors a memorable experience, from the state-of-the-art auditorium to the impressive main lobby. Visitors can admire the art and sculpture. Visitors can explore the exceptional life of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington in an exhibit highlighting his life and accomplishments.

400 South State St. • (312)747-4300

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CITYPASS Visit five attractions for one low price. CityPass ticket booklet includes admission to the Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and skyscraper views from the Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Observatory. Good for nine days. Adults $76 and children ages 3-11 $59. All major cards. Call 888/330-5008 or visit www.citypass.com. JOHN HANCOCK OBSERVATORY Voted “the best view” in Chicago! The 94th-floor observatory, more than 1,000 feet above the Magnificent Mile, features the multimedia Sky Tour, Espression by Lavazza café, and more. Daily 9am-11pm. Adults $15; youth 3-11 $10; and children under 3 are free. 875 N. Michigan, 888/875-VIEW, www.hancockobservatory.com. (J-26) MAGIQUEST Families love Chicagoland’s most magical adventure set in a 19,000 sq foot kingdom where kids use Magic Wands to enchant magical objects, battle Charlock the Dragon, and help the Pixie regain her ability to fly. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Initial wand purchase required. Wands start at 19.95. 106 Yorktown Center in Lombard, 877/797-8855, www.MagiQuest.com (Suburban)   MILLENNIUM PARK One of Chicago’s most popular attractions. Architecturally significant must-sees include the Frank Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion and steel-ribbon bridge, Cloud Gate reflective sculpture and the Crown Fountain. Daily 6am-11pm. Welcome Center at 201 E. Randolph. FREE. Michigan & Randolph, 312/742-1168, www.millenniumpark.org. (K-33)

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NAVY PIER This Chicago landmark houses more than 50 acres of gardens, shops, restaurants, rides and attractions including Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, IMAX Theatre, a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel and the Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows. Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-PIER, www.navypier.com. (N-30)

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The newly expanded and improved CHICAGO RIVERWALK takes walkers, joggers and bikers right to the edge of our famously backward-flowing manmade waterway, with plenty to see and do. Learn about Chicago’s rich history while viewing some of its architectural wonders with CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR. 312/202-0745; chicagowalktour.com.

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Alfresco at its Finest Reminiscent of the famous gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet, CYRANO’S CAFÉ AND WINE BAR’S seasonal riverside patio captures the wonderful fragrance of summer and awe-inspiring cityscape along the Chicago River. Dine on the modern French cuisine of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Didier Durand along with a wonderful selection of French wines. 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312/616-1400, www.cyranoscafeontheriver.com.

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Chicago’s Waterways Experience Chicago’s breathtaking cityscape from a different view aboard WENDELLA BOATS 2-hour Chicago at Sunset cruise, departing daily at 7:45pm. Every Wednesday and Saturday, the company’s 90-minute Summer Fireworks Tour provides the city’s best seats for the spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display. Departing from 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge. 312/337-1446.

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Times: mon - fri 11 & 3 Thurs 7:30 (Night lights Tour) fri 5 (Cafe Crawl) sat - sun 10 & 12 noon (Brunch Tour) reservations are required and can be made 20 minutes prior to departure.

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Tour begins and ends at the du sable statue at the Ne corner of the michigan ave. bridge. 312-202-0745 • www.chicagowalktour.com

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FREE DAYS AT CHICAGO MUSEUMS: Mon: Chicago History Museum. Tue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Loyola University Museum of Art, International Museum of Surgical Science. Wed: Clarke & Glessner Houses. Thu: The Art Institute of Chicago (5pm8pm), Chicago Children’s Museum (5pm-8pm), Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Sun: Chicago Children’s Museum (first Sunday every month for children 15 and under), DuSable Museum. Daily: ArchiCenter, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Public Libraries, Smith Museum of Stained-Glass Windows.

Cost: adult - $15 under 12 - $8 seniors - $10 families - $40

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SKYDECK CHICAGO See Chicago from the world-famous Skydeck located on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Be sure to check out “The Ledge” which offers views through a glass bottom balcony 1,353 feet up. Daily 9am-10pm. Adults $17; children ages 3-11 $11; and children under 3 free. All major cards. 233 S. Wacker (Jackson Blvd. entrance), 312/875-9696, www.the-skydeck.com. (G-36)

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NAVY PIER IMAX THEATRE Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides An IMAX 3D Experience now playing. Adults $15-$17; seniors 62+ $14; and children 3-11 $13. All major cards. 700 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 312/595-5MAX. www.imax.com/chicago. (O-30)

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ADLER PLANETARIUM The Midwest’s leading museum for astronomy. Open daily 9:30am-6pm. General admission: Adults $10; seniors $8; kids 3-11 $6; and children under 3 free. Some exhibitions require an additional fee. All major cards. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312/922STAR. (N-43)

CHICAGO CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits and activities. Daily 10am-5pm, except Thu 10am-8pm. Adults/children $12; seniors $11; and children under 1 are free. Free every Thu 5pm-8pm and the first Sunday of every month for kids 15 and under. All major cards. 700 E. Grand, Navy Pier, 312/527-1000. (N-31)

THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO Boasts one of the greatest collections of French Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world. Wheelchair- and stroller-accessible. Fri-Wed 10:30am-5pm, Thu 10:30am-8pm (free 5pm-8pm on Thu). Adults $18; children/seniors/students w/ID $12; and children under 14 are free. All major cards. 111 S. Michigan, 312/443-3600. (J-35)

CHICAGO CULTURAL CENTER This cultural gem presents free public events and informative programs showcasing live music and visual arts. Mon-Thu 8am-7pm, Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm and Sun 10am-6pm. FREE. 78 E. Washington, 312/744-6630. (I-34)

THE CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION More than 85 walking, boat, bus, bike, and Segway tours, in addition to the Chicago Model City exhibition.  Also lectures, special events, and education activities, all designed to enhance the public’s awareness and appreciation of Chicago’s outstanding architectural legacy. Sun-Thu 9:30am-6pm, Fri-Sat 9am6:30pm. All major cards. 224 S. Michigan, 312/9223432, caf.architecture.org. (J-36) CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN One of the country’s most visited public gardens. Daily 8am-sunset. FREE. 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, 847/835-5440. (Suburban)

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM Get lost in Chicago’s past at this museum and research center devoted to Chicago and American history. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults $14; seniors/students/children 13-22 $12; and children 12 & under are free. Free on Mon. AE, MC, V 1601 N. Clark, 312/642-4600. (H-19) DUSABLE MUSEUM Dedicated to the c study of the history and culture of Africans and Americans of African descent. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm, closed Mon. Adults $10; seniors/students $7; and children ages 6-11 $3. Free on Sun. 740 E. 56th Place, 773/947-0600. (South of M-54)

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Tours • Rentals • Workouts Check schedule for daily activities and pricing.

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SHEDD AQUARIUM Explore an exotic world with 20,000 animals, from anemones to whales to dolphins to sharks. Explore

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THE NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM Go on a journey to the secrets of the natural world. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat-Sun 10am–5pm. Adults $9; students/seniors 60+ $7; children ages 3-12 $6; under 3 free. All major cards. 2430 N. Cannon, 773/7555100. (G-14)

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KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Hands-on exhibits focused on interactive play to make learning fun. Mon-Sat 9:30am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm. Adults/children $8.50; seniors 55+ $7.50; children under 1 free. All major cards. 2100 Patriot Boulevard in Glenview, 847/832-6600. (Suburban)

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Peruse 14-plus acres of interactive exhibits, including Science Storms, and new temporary exhibit BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life. Daily 9:30am-5:30pm. General admission: Adults $15; seniors 65+ $14; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibits require an additional fee. All major cards. 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, 773/684-1414. (South of P-54)

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HELLENIC MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER Showcasing the artistic work of the Hellenic people in the visual, literary, and performing arts, the museum seeks to preserve the history of the Greek immigrant experience. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm. Adults $5 and children under 12 are free. V, MC. 801 W. Adams, 4th Floor, 312/655-1234. (D-36)

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The most exciting and innovative art of our times. Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm. Adults $12; students/seniors $7; and children under 12 free. All major cards. 220 E. Chicago, 312/280-2660. (K-27)

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT HOME AND STUDIO The complex served as Wright’s private residence, studio and architectural laboratory during the first 20 years of his career, from 1889 to 1909. Guided tours available daily from 10:30am-4pm. 60-80 min. Adults $15 and children 4-17/seniors 65+ $12. 951 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park, 312/994-4000. (Suburban)

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART LUMA’s exhibitions explore faith, history and artistic expressions from various cultures. Wed-Sun 11am6pm. Adults $6 and seniors $5. Free on Tue (11am8pm). 820 N. Michigan, 312/915-7600. (J-27)

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THE FIELD MUSEUM Meet the museum’s resident dinosaur, Sue, the largest, most complete and best-preserved T. rex ever discovered. On exhibit: The Horse. Daily 9am-5pm. General admission: Adults $15; students/seniors $12; and children 3-11 $10. Some exhibitions may require an additional fee. All major cards. 1400 S. Lake Shore, 312/922-9410. (K-44)

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Ships Ahoy! There are dozens of sightseeing boats plying the waters of Lake Michigan this time of year, but for a tour that literally towers above the rest, it’s hard to top the Tall Ship Windy. True to its moniker, this handsome 148-foot schooner takes advantage of the plentiful breeze just off the shoreline to give riders a unique sailing experience. Of course, the views of the city’s magnificent skyline are exquisite, but don’t be surprised to see more than a few landlubbers gazing right back at you, taking in the rare sight of a tall ship once again traversing our Midwestern waters. Themed cruises run daily and include Spirit Ships and Haunted Harbors, an “Aaarghitecture” Cruise and more. Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand. 312/595-5555. Get 2-for-1 tickets with ad on page 28.

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS Choose from over 500 bikes, including mountain bikes, road bikes, comfort bikes, cruisers, and more–– and explore the city at your leisure. Rentals include free locks, riding maps and safety gear. See Tours by Land listing for more details. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKE-WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34) (M-30)

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the mysterious world of sea jellies with Jellies. Weekdays 9am-5pm, weekends 9am-6pm. Shedd Pass: Adults $28.95 and children ages 3-11 $19.95. All major cards. 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312/939-2438, www.sheddaquarium.org. (L-43)

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AMERICAN SIGHTSEEING Choose from a range of popular daily lectured tours including the Grand Tour of Chicago, the Land and River Architectural Tour (a skyline cruise), Blues by Night Tour, among many others. Call for tour schedules. $25 and up. Pick up tickets in the Palmer House Hilton at 17 E. Monroe, 312/2513100, www.grayline.com. (I-36)

ANTIQUE COACH & CARRIAGE COMPANY Learn a bit of local history with a horse-drawn carriage ride through Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and Gold Coast neighborhood. Rides are $40 per half hour for up to 4 passengers. Mon-Fri 6:30pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm. V, MC. Departing from SE corner of Michigan & Huron, 312/787-1349, www.antiquecoach-carriage.com. (K-28)


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CHICAGO’S FINEST RIVER WALK TOUR City’s most fun and dynamic history walking tour! Discover the city’s triumphs and tragedies while view-

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CHICAGO FILM TOUR Hop on a luxury motor coach and see more than 30 sites where over 70 movies were shot. Movies range from Hollywood blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” to Chicago favorites like “The Blues Brothers.” Great for groups! Thu–Sun 10:30am and 12:30pm. $30. Please book in advance. Pick up on Clark between Ontario & Ohio, 312/593-4455, chicagofilmtour.com. (H-30)

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CHICAGO DETOURS Guided tours by foot and by bus that bring people to interact with multimedia and explore stories and places even locals don’t know about. Walking tours range from interior architecture to exploring forgotten entertainment history, and our active tour by bus delves into the cultural history of Chicago jazz and blues. 312/350-1131. www.chicagodetours.com.

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BOBBY’S BIKE HIKE – CHICAGO TOURS & RENTALS Guided bicycle tours for a variety of ages, skills, and interest levels. Choose from 5 different daily/nightly tours.  Bobby’s experienced tour guides are knowledgeable, entertaining, and fun – keeping you in the know. Bikes Provided. Rentals available with lock, map, helmet. 465 N. McClurg Court (SE corner of McClurg/Illinois intersection, River East Docks). 312/915-0995, www.BobbysBikeHike.com (L-30)

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO RENTALS & TOURS  Great tours by bicycle, segway, and electric bikes! Amazing Lakefront Tour by Bike or Segway, Friendly Neighborhoods Tour to Lincoln Park & Wrigleyville by Electric Bike, Presidential Tour of Hyde Park by bike.  Rentals available. 239 E. Randolph at Millennium Park; 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/BIKEWAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)(M-30)

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ing its architectural wonders on a 2-hour tour of Chicago’s River Walk. Departs from Du Sable statue located at the NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge. Adults $15, seniors $10, under 12 $8, 3 & under free. Reservations required, 312/202-0745, chicagowalktour.com. (K-32)    CHICAGO SAVVY TOURS –  FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT Having designed more than 100 structures in the state of Illinois, Chicago Savvy Tours explores the architecture of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Tours are offered throughout Oak Park, Chicago, and the North Shore by bus and each tour highlights the work and philosophy behind this architectural genius. Reservations required. 312/7318000, www.chicagosavvytours.com. GRAY LINE SIGHTSEEING Gray Line Trolleys and new Upper-Deckers offer scenic tours of Chicago’s lakefront and downtown area. With stops at the city’s top attractions, guests can select from the Hop On, Hop Off Tour or stay on board for the complete 2-hour Circle Tour. Prices vary. Call for pick up times and locations, 800/621-4153, www.grayline.com.

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ABSOLUTELY CHICAGO SEGWAY TOURS Enjoy Chicago on this scenic 8-mile glide along the lakefront and gardens of Grant and Millennium Parks. View famous attractions, Buckingham Fountain, the “Bean”, Soldier Field, and the Museum Campus with the skyline as your backdrop. Select from the Lakefront Museum Campus Tour, Art and Architecture Tour, Evening Fireworks tour, and the Haunted Tour. 337 E. Randolph. 312/5525100. www.chicagosegway.com.

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BIKE AND ROLL CHICAGO’S SEGWAY TOURS Safe, fun and easy to ride! Glide along the city’s lakefront, taking in views like Museum Campus and Millennium Park while learning about Chicago’s fascinating history with an Early Bird Tour, Amazing Lakefront Tour, Segway @ Sunset Tour, and the Foster Beach and Montrose Harbor Tour. Contact for times and prices. 239 E. Randolph in Millennium Park, 888/BIKE.WAY, www.bikechicago.com. (K-34)

STEVE’S SEGWAY TOURS The most fun tour in Chicago! Explore Chicago’s lakefront, museums, and parks on a 3–hour Segway tour. Led by the best tour guides in Chicago! North, Architecture and Private tours available. Great photos! Daily departures at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 6:30pm. Call for reservations. Prices: $60-$85 + tax. In Grant Park, at the NE corner of Monroe & Columbus (down the stairs), 312/946-9467, StevesSegwayTours.com. (K-36)

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ARCHITECTURE CRUISES FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Sightseeing one-hour  cruises led by professional, entertaining guides showcase more that 40 landmark buildings along the Chicago River. Up to 20 cruises daily from Ogden Slip/ Navy Pier from 10am. Adults $26$33; seniors $23-$30; and children 12 & under $13-$16. Wed. and Sat. night Architecture/ Fireworks Cruises. Purchase tickets in advance and save at www.shorelinesightseeing.com. 312/222-9328.

CHICAGO’S FIRST LADY  CRUISES The official Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)  river cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady cruises offers guests comfortable, open-air, or climate-controlled seating with spectacular views and commentary on over 53 significant sites by CAF-certified volunteer docents. Frequent daily departures. $35. Board at Riverside Gardens SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge & Wacker, 800/982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com/rivercruise or ask your Concierge (J-32)


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MERCURY, CHICAGO’S SKYLINE CRUISELINE The Urban Adventure Cruise is  a family friendly 90minute complete city tour of the lake and river showcasing Chicago’s world-famous structures complete with a lively commentary. Adults $25; children under 12 $10; kids 3 & under are free! Advance reservations are not necessary. Board at SE corner of Michigan Ave. Bridge and Wacker, 312/332-1353, www.mercuryskylinecruiseline.com.  (J-32)   

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CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE Unforgettable 90-min lectured boat cruises depart daily. The Architectural River Cruise offers unique perspectives of landmark buildings. The Historical Lake & River Cruise offers a narrative of Chicago history with a gorgeous skyline view. Adults $38; seniors $32; children 7-18 $22; and children under 7 are free. Complimentary Starbucks coffee, Coke products, lemonade, muffins and cookies. 465 N. McClurg Court, 312/527-2002, www.chicagoline.com. (L-32)

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SEADOG Hop onboard at Navy Pier and enjoy an amusing 75-minute River & Lake Architectural Tour, an exciting 30-minute Lakefront Speedboat Ride or a wet n’ wild 30-minute Extreme Thrill Ride! Adults $19.95-$31.95, kids (ages 3-12) $14.95-$19.95. Departing from the Navy Pier’s Dock Street at 600 E. Grand, 888/920-2600, www.SeadogCruises.com. (M-30) SKYLINE LAKE TOURS FROM NAVY PIER Shoreline Sightseeing’s Lake Tours depart Navy Pier daily from 10:30am for panoramic, narrated  tours of Chicago’s spectacular lakefront. Adults $16-$18; seniors $13-$15; and children 12 & under $7-$8. Fireworks Cruises. For more info, group rates or to purchase tickets in advance with special savings, visit  www.shorelinesightseeing.com. 312/222-9328.

60-75 minute Skyline Cruises and Charters

2-For-1 Tickets! Adult tickets. Limit six adults. Not valid for fireworks, or special events. Must be redeemed at ticket booth. Valid for 2011 season only, not valid Saturdays.

WATERIDERS Take in the city’s spectacular sights and history while kayaking down the Chicago River with the Classic Kayak Tour, Shady Chicago: Ghosts and Gangsters Tour (PG13),  Evening Paddle and Fireworks Paddle.  $60 pp, or $55 pp (groups of 4+)  Rentals and workouts. Check schedule for daily activities and pricing. 950 N. Kingsbury (N. end of Riverwalk), 312/953-WATR (9287),  www.wateriders.com

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TALL SHIP ADVENTURES The 148-foot Tall Ship Windy departs daily from Chicago’s Navy Pier for sailing tours on Lake Michigan. Adults $24$45; seniors $15-$35; and children 2-11 $10-$20. Red Witch and Pianissimo complete the fleet and offer a variety of sailing events and private charters from Burnham Harbor. Navy Pier and Burnham Harbor, 312/4512700, www.ChicagoTallShips.com. (O-31)

WENDELLA SIGHTSEEING BOATS Chicago’s original narrated boat tour, Wendella offers tours on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan highlighting architectural and historical sites. Frequent departures starting at 10am. Prices starting at $26 adults, $25 seniors, $13 kids 3-11, kids 2 & under free. 400 N. Michigan, lower level of Michigan Ave. Bridge, NW corner, 312/3371446, www.wendellaboats.com. (J-31)

T R A N S P O R TAT I O N AIRPORT EXPRESS – GO Comfortable, safe, convenient and economical transportation to and from both airports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Book door-to-door transportation. AE, MC, V. Call 888-2The-Van (284-3826) or visit www.airportexpress.com.

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SHORELINE WATER TAXIS Fun connections around Chicago with docks at Willis Tower/Union Station, Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier and Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium). Daily 10am–7pm, plus Navy Pier to Buckingham Fountain select weeks. Fares $2-$7. Schedule: www.shorelinesightseeing.com or 312/222-9328.

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METRA The fastest and most convenient way between McCormick Place and downtown. Just 7 minutes from Millennium Park Station at Randolph and Michigan Avenue to McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse. Prices vary. 312/322-6900, www.metrarail.com.

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CTA CTA provides train service from both O’Hare and Midway airports to downtown. See transportation map in this issue for “L” train course. $2.25 per ride, visitor passes $5.75–one day pass, $14–three day pass. 888/YOUR-CTA, www.transitchicago.com.

CHICAGO WATER TAXI Your Fun, Fast and Friendly way to transit Chicago with convenient stops at Union and Ogilvie Train Stations, Clark & LaSalle Streets, Michigan Avenue at the Wrigley Building, Trump Tower and Chinatown. (One-way fares are $2 and $4 to Chinatown.)  Call 312/337-1446 or visit www.chicagowatertaxi.com.

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AMERICAN COACH LIMOUSINE Providing reliable and quality service to and from the airports, American Coach Limousine caters to groups. Mini busses, vans and stretch limousines are available for larger parties and tours. For the “best rates you won’t find anywhere else” call 630/629-0001 or 888/709-5466 or visit www.AmericanCoach.net.

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entertainment abounds at Millennium Park throughout the month of June, so come on out and catch a free concert at the spectacle of the frank gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion; cool off with the multimedia-driven Crown Fountain; breathe in the wonderful fragrances of the beautiful Lurie Garden; find your reflection in the bean-shaped Anish Kapoor sculpture; and walk across the whimsical, steel-plated BP Pedestrian Bridge.

Millennium Park Photo Contest sponsored by Central Camera Free photo contest! snap a shot of your favorite vista and submit it to contest@keymagazinechicago.com. Winner will receive $50 to Chicago’s hard rock CafÊ!


Chase Promenade: A beautiful tree lined three-block-long walkway that spans the length of the Park. Cloud Gate: The brilliant stainless steel curves of what has affectionately become known as “the Bean” mirrors both the skyline above and curious onlookers below. Crown Fountain: These towering waterfall bookends bear digital images of actual Chicagoans year-round.

Lurie Gardens: A 2.5–acre paradise for green-loving urbanites, this collection of flora brings to life Chicago’s motto “Urbs in Horto” (City in a Garden).

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Jay Pritzker Pavilion: Architect Frank Gehry’s bold outdoor band shell, with its soaring steel ribbons and state-of-the-art canopied sound system over the lawn, is a breathtaking design.

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BP Bridge: Take the long way across Columbus Drive to Daley Bicentennial Plaza via Frank Gehry’s whimsically serpentine steel creation.

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Chicago is in the height of fashion.

express your individual style with a high fashion jewelry set from PANDORA at Water Tower Place (835 N. michigan; 312/915-0647). find many affordable options, including the popular customizable charm bracelets that can be personalized to represent your own unique story. still in a high-end shopping mood, as one of the most exclusive consignment boutiques in the city, DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO (658 N. Dearborn; 312/587-3312) offers bargains you won’t find anywhere else. find luxury labels like Christian louboutin, Chanel, and louis vuitton for 50-80% less. 20% off with ad on page 45. LOTTON GALLERY (900 N. michigan, 6th floor; 312/664-6203) will keep you in the height of artistic fashion. The focus of this prestigious gallery is their glass, which is hand-blown by three generations of lottons led by patriarch, Charles Lotton. 42

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ATLAS GALLERIES, INC. For over 40 years, Atlas has offered the finest oils, sculptures and limited-edition graphics in an exclusive gallery collection, from prints by Renoir to contemporary works by Michael Cheney. Hours vary by location. All major cards. 535 N. Michigan, 312/329-9330 or 800/4237635; 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/649-0999 or 800/545-2929, www.atlasgalleries.com. (J-29) (J-26)

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ASIAN HOUSE A large selection of elegant Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as Oriental art and antiques. Asian House features a solid selection of Antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, Cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues and Coromandel. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. (H-31)

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THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated River North antique center features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, oriental rugs, along with French Louis Philippe, Art Nouveau & Art Deco, Moderne, Continental silver and Meissen. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. All major cards. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. (H-31)

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Art & Antique Notes ASIAN HOUSE OF CHICAGO Asian House features Oriental home furnishings and furniture as well as hand-made Tiffany-style lamps. Oriental furnishings including porcelain fishbowls, rosewood and lacquered paintings, antique boxes in porcelain and lacquer. Korean and antique Chinese furniture, antique Oriental rugs, silk screens, cloisonné vases and animals, bronze statues, and coromandel are featured in this gracious store, located in River North. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-4848. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

THE ANTIQUARIANS BUILDING This sophisticated new antique center in Chicago features unique antiques and collections including European antiques, mirrors, designer accessories, antique lamps, Oriental rugs, and French Louis Phillipe, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco, Moderne (Paul Frankl, Charles Eames), continental silver and Meissen. Come by and visit this unique River North antique center located next to the Merchandise Mart. 159 W. Kinzie, 312/527-0533. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

LOTTON GALLERY Specializing in hand-blown glasswork by a single family of artists, this elegant gallery carries a brilliant selection of fine art glass vases, lamps and decorative objects. The gallery also exhibits quality paintings and fine prints from world-renown artists. Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, Level 6, 312/6646203, www.lottongallery.com. (J-26)

CLOTHING DESIGNER RESALE OF CHICAGO Chicago’s premiere consignment boutique has designer labels at unbelievable bargains. Discover Chicago’s bestkept secret. Find high-end luxury labels like Christian Louboutin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and more at a fraction of the original cost. Also carrying plus sizes. Mon-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-6pm. All major cards. 658 N. Dearborn, 312/587-3312. (H-29)

DEPARTMENT STORES BLOOMINGDALE’S Young, hip and classic fashion for women, men and children coexist harmoniously on the six floors of the “Bloomies” Midwest flagship. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-7pm. All major cards. 900 N. Michigan, 312/440-4460. (J-26) MACY’S Top fashions for men, women and children as well as an expansive collection of home furnishings. Store hours— State: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm; Water Tower: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 111 N. State, 312/781-1000; 835 N. Michigan, Water Tower Place, 312/335-7787. (I-34)(J-26) NORDSTROM Notable sections include a sizeable shoe department, cosmetics and the men’s fashions. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 520 N. Michigan, 312/464-1515. (J-30) SEARS Rely on the no-nonsense Sears for comfortable apparel for the family and home electronics. Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. All major cards. 2 N. State, 312/3736040. (I-35)

FURS CHICAGO FUR OUTLET – HOME OF THE FURRY GODMOTHER Celebrating nearly 30 years in the business! Find a wide selection of new, resale and vintage furs for both men and women at a fraction of their original cost. Layaway available. Mon & Thu 11am-7pm, Tue-Wed & Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm (hours vary). All major cards. 777 W. Diversey, 773/348-FURS (3877), www.chicagofuroutlet.com. (North of E-11)

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JAZZ RECORD MART The world’s largest jazz and blues store features CDs, LPs, 45s and 78s, DVDs and videos as well as posters, T-Shirts, magazines and books. The store and its owner, Bob Koester, have received numerous honors, including induction into the “Blues Hall of Fame.” Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. All major cards. 27 E. Illinois, 312/222-1467, www.jazzmart.com. (I-31)

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CENTRAL CAMERA CO. A camera superstore with good, old-fashioned service since 1899. Find the hottest cameras and accessories from brands like Nikon, Canon,  Leica and Panasonic in addition to film for your vintage Brownie and Busch camera. Expert film processing. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30am-5pm. All major cards. 230 S. Wabash, 312/4275580, www.centralcamera.com. (I-37) 

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DAY SPA 664 Escape the stresses of the day with in-room relaxation services, including Massages and Facials delivered right to your room. Daily 9am-11pm. Cash only. Downtown, Gold Coast, River North, The Loop & Suburbs Add $25. 312/473-0580, www.dayspa664.com.

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LOVER’S LANE Shop for lingerie, bedroom toys, romantic gifts, sexy menswear, lotions and oils, books, videos, and games for lovers. Stop  into any of their  30 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. For locations, reference our suburban map or visit their website. Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. 955 W. Diversey Pkwy, 888/744-LOVE, www.loverslane.com. (Suburban)

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PANDORA Pandora delivers genuine, high quality jewelry and accessories at affordable prices. Their new style of charm bracelet, both unique and fashion forward, is adorned with diamonds, precious gemstones, and hand-blown Murano glass beads and charms, each representing a memorable moment in one’s life. Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Water Tower Place, 835 N Michigan, 312/915-0647, http://memorablecharms.com. (J-27)

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CHICAGO “5” SOUVENIRS This NBC Tower Gift Shop is steps from the Mag Mile, and is the only Chicagoland retailer carrying licensed NBC merchandise. Find fun and original souvenirs from hit shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Chuck” (Nerd Herd),” “Biggest Loser,” as well as  Chicago souvenirs. Open 7 days.  All major cards. 454 N. Columbus, 312/467-9537. (K-31)

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THE SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE 50 specialty shops, five hotels and one shopping center anchored by Nordstrom. Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am6pm. 520 N. Michigan, 312/327-2300. (J-30)

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IRISH IMPORTS TEAHAN’S Shop a wide variety of Irish imports and specialty items right here at Chicago’s Navy Pier. From Belleek China, Galway Crystal and Mullingar Pewter to Aran sweaters, Guinness items, and many other authentic gift items from the old  sod –  if it’s Irish, you’ll find it here! Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. 600 E. Grand, 312/595-5504. (M-30)

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RAINFOREST CAFÉ RETAIL VILLAGE A WILD variety of items for the entire family, including souvenir T-shirts, stuffed animals, safari-themed place settings, and more. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501. www.rainforestcafe.com (H-29)

ROCK SHOP AT HARD ROCK CAFE Stock up on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Featuring classic tees, jackets, hats and accessories as well as a wide


Home of the Furry Godmother! SPECIALIZING IN NEW FURS, LEATHERS, AND “PRE-FURRED” RESALE

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UP DOWN CIGAR Building on nearly 50 years of passion for fine tobacco products, Up Down showcases an extensive selection of premium cigars, pipes, humidors and accessories. Free Parking. Open Late. Mon–Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am–11pm. AE, MC, V 1550 N. Wells, 800/5-UPDOWN or 312/337-8505, www.updowncigar.com. (H-19)

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IWAN RIES & CO. Chicago’s oldest family business celebrates over 150 years of offering a vast selection of pipes and smokers’ accessories. Home of the famous Three Star Tobacco. More than 100 brands of cigars and 20,000 pipes in stock. Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm. All major cards. 19 S. Wabash, 2nd Floor, 312/372-1306, www.iwanries.com. (I-35)

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WE’LL KEEP YOU IN STITCHES A unique knitting & needlepoint shop with a dazzling selection of knitting yarns and a variety of hand-painted canvases. Offering expert instruction and superb fitting and finishing services. Mon-Sat 9:30am-4:45pm. All major cards. 67 E. Oak, 4th Floor, 312/642-2540. (I-25)

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Relish summer on Chicago’s favorite patios.

summer is in full swing and with that comes a standing invitation for citywide alfresco dining. In the loop, head to EMERALD LOOP (216 N. Wabash; 312/263-0200) for large, always fresh salads! Whether you favor the herb Crusted goat Cheese or the smoked salmon with avocado, they can be found on the daily specials menu throughout summer. located at the Promenade Plaza, O’BRIEN’S RIVERWALK CAFÉ (45 e. riverwalk south, 312/346-3131) offers unbeatable views of the Chicago river and cityscape. enjoy the fragrance of summer while sipping summertime cocktails and dining on american grill favorites. start the day with a protein infused breakfast at WEST EGG CAFÉ (620 N. fairbanks; 312/280-8366). located two blocks from the mag mile, this charming sidewalk café features creative breakfast options like The swiss account and The michelangelo all day long. 48

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ED DEBEVIC’S Shake, Rattle, and Roll at this 1950’s style diner that serves American classics like burgers and milkshakes from a witty cast of characters that serve and entertain. Ed’s serves breakfast on weekends!    Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 640 N. Wells, 312/664-1707. Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, 630/495-1700, www.eddebevics.com. (H-29)   HARD ROCK CAFE Boasting the largest collection of rock ’n’ roll memorabilia and serving up the best in American cuisine, this legendary institution serves juicy burgers, tasty barbecue, sandwiches, pasta, steaks, and more in a friendly, highenergy atmosphere. Food served Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 63 W. Ontario, 312/943-2252, www.hardrock.com. (H-29)

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HOP HAUS This River North burger joint features more than 20 varieties of gourmet burgers including ostrich, lamb, duck and plain old beef, all garnished with fresh, inventive toppings. Wash them down with a frothy craft beer or glass of wine. Mon-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am2am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 10am-5am, Sun 10am-midnight. All major cards. $$ 646 N. Franklin, 312/280-8832, www.thehophaus.com. (H-29) LLOYD’S CHICAGO American cuisine served in a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired atmosphere, Lloyd’s specializes in upscale business lunches, cocktails and pre-theater dinner and is just steps from the Lyric Opera and Cadillac Palace Theatre. MonFri 11:30am-8:30pm. Sat on opera nights 5pm-7pm. All major cards. $$$ 1 S. Wacker, 312/407-6900. (G-35) O’BRIENS RIVERWALK CAFÉ The flow of the river and fragrant flowers provide guests with a relaxing retreat in the heart of the city. Feast on summer favorites like, O’Briens Black Angus Burger, grilled chicken, assorted appetizers and salads. Full bar is available, live music on Thursday evenings. Sun-Thu 11am9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. 45 E. Riverwalk South, 312/346-3131, www.obriensrestaurant.com. (K-32)  RAINFOREST CAFÉ An adventurous dining experience under a tropical jungle canopy featuring creative cuisine inspired by the flavors of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Asia. Kid-friendly menu available. The Retail Village offers a wide variety of souvenirs. Mon-Thu 11am-9:30pm, Fri 11am-10:30pm, Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm. All major cards. $$ 605 N. Clark, 312/787-1501, www.rainforestcafe.com. (H-29) RUDY’S BAR & GRILLE This new restaurant is owned by pizza mastermind, Rudy Malnati Jr. (also owner of nearby Pizano’s). Malnati’s new burger place features fresh-cut fries and mouthwatering char-grilled burgers cooked just the way you like ‘em. Open daily 11am-2am. All major cards. $ 69 E. Madison, 312/332-8111, www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com. (J-35)

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WEST EGG CAFE Everything from eggs Benedict and taco salad to rotisserie chicken grace the menu of this cozy café. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29)

ASIAN TAMARIND Contemporary décor accents Asian minimalist furnishings at this pan-Asian cafe to create a classic, yet eclectic dining experience. The menu covers most of Asia, including a delicious variety of Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese entrees as well as an impressive selection of sushi. Daily 11am-11pm. All major cards. $$ 614 S. Wabash, 312/379-0970, www.tamarindsushi.com. (I-39)

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GOURMET BURGERS! All-Night Kitchen • Brunch Fri - Sun Craft Beers • Sports on Multiple TV Screens

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WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)


let your palate explore Experience the mystery of Asian cuisine with flavors from Japan, Thailand, China and Vietnam all in a warm and casual atmosphere.

THALIA SPICE Dine on Asian fusion fare in a chic loft-style setting in River West. The extensive menu features a selection of noodles and stir-fried dishes, curries, chef specialties, as well as fresh sushi and maki. Ask about daily specials. All major cards. $$ 833 W. Chicago. 312/2266020. www.thaliaspice.com. (D-27)

B R E A K FA S T ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches, fluffy omelettes, giant salads and, of course, a FULL BAR to boot!  Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)

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WEST EGG CAFE Located within walking distance of dozens of downtown hotels, this cozy Streeterville café offers everything from eggs benedict and pancakes to rotisserie chicken and taco salad. Tasty, heart-healthy dishes also available. Bonus: Insulated coffee pitchers at every table! Mon-Fri 6:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. All major cards. $ 620 N. Fairbanks, 312/280-8366. (K-29) YOLK Now with three locations, Yolk is the talk of the town. Egg-spect creative twists on traditional breakfast favorites like frittatas, benedicts, French toast, skillets and more. Lunchtime options include salads, burgers and sandwiches. Mon-Fri 6am-3pm, Sat-Sun 7am-3pm. $ 355 E. Ohio, 312/822-9655; 1120 S. Michigan, 312/789-YOLK; 747 N. Wells, 312/787-2277, www.yolk-online.com. (L-30)(I-42)(G-27)

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ELEVEN CITY DINER An old-school diner located in the heart of Chicago’s South Loop serving breakfast ALL day. Enjoy authentic soda fountain drinks while noshing on  renowned hand-sliced delicatessen sandwiches. Mon-Thu 8am-9:30pm, Fri 8am10:30pm, Sat 9am-10:30pm, Sun 9am-9pm. All major cards. $ 1112 S. Wabash, 312/212-1112, www.elevencitydiner.com. (I-42)


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MYSTIC BLUE Relax and cruise Lake Michigan aboard the fresh and contemporary Mystic Blue where a three-course bountiful buffet, DJ music, summer cocktails, a lounge atmosphere and amazing skyline views await you. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/333-9150, www.MysticBlueCruises.com. (M-30) ODYSSEY Escape from the ordinary and admire view after breathtaking view aboard the elegant Odyssey. Enjoy live entertainment, dancing, distinctive three–course plated dining and stunning skyline views. Prices and boarding times vary per cruise. Please call to book your cruise today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2320, www.Odyssey.com. (M-30)

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MANNY’S COFFEE SHOP & DELI Since 1942, this cafeteria-style institution has served piled-high sandwiches. There’s the signature corned beef, excellent brisket, peppery pastrami, famous original crisp potato pancakes and delicious steamed table entrees. Minutes from McCormick Place and United Center. Mon-Sat 5am-8pm, closed Sun. All major cards. $ 1141 S. Jefferson, 312/939-2855, www.mannysdeli.com. (E-43)


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Chicago’s Upper Crust For all of the high-concept, highend places that have sprouted up on Chicago’s ever-expanding restaurant landscape of late, most visitors to our fair city still tend to feel like they’ve missed out if they leave without a taste of our signature Big Three – Italian beef, hot dogs and, of course, deep-dish pizza. While there are plenty of places around town serving up these classics, few can match the deliciously historic devotion to the latter of Gino’s East, a true Chicago original where dough, sauce and cheese reign supreme. Locations at 633 N. Wells, 312/988-4200; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-3337; 2801 N. Lincoln, 773/327-3737. Bring coupon on 53 to receive your special gift.

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for an afternoon or evening of unparalleled cruising fun on the lakefront. This festive cruise ship offers delicious buffet dining, live performances, a DJ for dancing and incredible skyline views. Call or book your cruise online today. 600 E. Grand at Navy Pier, 888/957-2324, www.SpiritofChicago.com. (M-30)

FONDUE THE MELTING POT This stylish fondue eatery features six different cheese fondues, entree choices like filet mignon, lobster tail and seafood trio, and the perfect ending – their famous chocolate fondue, complete with marshmallows, cakes and brownies for dipping. Daily noon-2am (Sun noon-midnight). All major cards. $$$ 609 N. Dearborn; 312/573-0011, www.meltingpot.com. (H-29)

FRENCH BISTRONOMIC An elegant bistro-style menu, a dark Earthy ambiance, and a chef with over ten years of fine Chicago dining experience. Bistronomic has been the dream of chef Martial Noguier for years. Finally coming to fruition, this modern bistro serves uncomplicated dishes at a reasonable price. 840 N. Wabash. 312/944-8400. (J-27)

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CYRANO’S CAFÉ & WINE BAR Enjoy awe-inspiring cityscape while dining on a seasonal patio reminiscent of Monet Gardens with fragrant plants and flowers along the Chicago River. Besides exquisite views, this French Bistrot features the modern cuisine of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Didier Durand. 233 E. Riverwalk South, 312/616-1400, www.cyranoscafeontheriver.com. Second location at 546 N. Wells. 312/467-0546. (J-32)

GERMAN CHICAGO BRAUHAUS Featuring sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel, roast veal shanks, roast pork shanks and roast duck as well as steaks, chops and fish specials daily. Live entertainment and dancing nightly. Parking available. Mon, Wed & Thu 11am-midnight, Fri & Sun 11am-2am, Sat 11am-3am. All major cards. $$ 4732 N. Lincoln, 773/784-4444, www.chicagobrauhaus.com. (Northwest of A-1)

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MITCHELL’S ICE CREAM SHOP Featuring what seems like every flavor under the sun, Mitchell’s serves up everything from Green Tea flavored ice cream to English Toffee in giant waffle cones. Old-fashioned charm served with a smile. 629 N. Wells. 312/255-0340, www.mitchellssodashop.com. (H-29)


CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41) INDIA HOUSE With an exhibition kitchen, this River North emporium allows diners an opportunity to watch their menu selections (over 150 choices) cooked to perfection in tandoor ovens. Vegetarian options. Daily lunch buffet. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. Dinner: Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm. All major cards. $$ 59 W. Grand; 312/645-9500, www.indiahousechicago.com (I-30) INDIAN GARDEN This popular second-floor Streeterville restaurant features Northern Indian and Pakistani favorites. Sample a rotating selection of traditional dishes including marinated lamb, curried chicken, and more at the daily lunch  buffet from 11:30am-3pm for $13.95pp. Weekend brunch buffet is $15.95. Dinner: Sun-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$ 247 E. Ontario, 312/280-4910, www.indiangardenchicago.com. (H-29) KLAY OVEN Eastern delicacies are served within an elegant yet casual setting. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 414 N. Orleans, 312/527-3999. (G-31)

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL This modern Irish Mega Pub serves up traditional Irish fare and classic comfort food in a spacious, sophisticated dining room complete with 40-foot wood bar and TVs throughout. Football Specials and Weekend Brunch. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. $$ 216 N. Wabash, 312/2630200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

THE KERRYMAN BAR & RESTAURANT Irish dishes served in a warm environment. Call for hours and cards. $$ 661 N. Clark, 312/335-8121. (H-28)

Family owned and operated!

“A visit to Indian Garden is a culinary voyage of discovery to the exotic tastes and textures of India and the warmth and hospitality of her people.” Lunch Buffet: 11:30am – 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday – Thursday 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday & Saturday 5:00pm – 10:30pm 247 E. Ontario St., 2nd Floor Phone: 312-280-4910 Fax: 312-280-4934 www.indiangardenchicago.com

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Bringing the rich flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop Daily lunch buffet - corporate catering only 5 minutes from McCormick Pl.

899 S. Plymouth (312) 362-9999 www.curryhouseonline.com

BUCA DI BEPPO This family-style restaurant offers whopping servings of flavorful Italian fare steps from the Magnificent Mile. Other locations: 90 Yorktown Rd in Lombard, 630/932-7673; 604 N. Milwaukee Ave in Wheeling, 847/8089898; 15350 South 94th Ave in Orland Park, 708/349-6262. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$ 521 N. Rush, 312/3960001, www.bucadibeppo.com. (J-30)

CLUB LUCKY Feel like you’re in a 1940s Italian supper club and cocktail lounge. Close to downtown hotels. Good food and fun! Online reservations. Kitchen hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 4:30pm11pm. Sun Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm. Lounge open late. All major cards. $$$ 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckchicago.com. (Northwest of A-20) LA CANTINA ITALIAN CHOPHOUSE Located on the lower level of the Italian Village Restaurants, La Cantina’s traits of distinction include amazing steak and seafood served from all regions of Italy. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner: Tue-Fri 5pm-10pm and Sat 5pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36) THE VILLAGE (Italian Village Restaurants) The Village features Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting complete with cozy nooks and murals that evoke the feeling of dining in a small “Italian village.” Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun noon-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)

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VIVERE (Italian Village Restaurants) This contemporary Italian restaurant features modern flavors as well as décor and has received accolades from both Esquire and the Wine Spectator. Celebrated wine list! Gluten-free options available. Lunch: Weekdays 11am-2:30pm. Dinner: Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm, and closed Sun. All major cards. $$$ 71 W. Monroe, 312/332-7005, www.italianvillage-chicago.com. (H-36)


DE CERO TAQUERIA Voted best new dish by Chicago Magazine! 15 different tacos, like the Grilled Skirt Steak and Battered Fish Taco line the menu. Wash them down with  freshly squeezed lime Margaritas made with 100% Agave Tequila. Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm; Sunday Brunch: 11am-3pm. All major cards. $$ 814 W. Randolph, 312/455-8114, www.decerotaqueria.com. (D-34)

NEPALESE CHICAGO CURRY HOUSE With a high Zagat rating and “Best Of Chicago” award from Local.com, Chicago Curry House brings the flavors of India and Nepal to the city’s South Loop. Delight in mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine list, relaxing ambiance, and attentive service. Lunch buffet. Catering & delivery available. 899 S. Plymouth Ct., 312/3629999. www.curryhouseonline.com (I-41)

PIZZA

Voted #1 Burger in Chicago “Home of the Milkshake Martini” 69 East Madison Street

EDWARDO’S Acclaimed for its famous stuffed pizza and all natural ingredients. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 521 S.

(between Michigan & Wabash)

(312) 332-8111

www.rudysbarandgrillechicago.com

voted #1 P I Z A N O ’ S P I Z Z A & P A S TA

Thin Crust Pizza In Chicago – by the Oprah Show

original deep dish pizza

pizanoschicago.com “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” - Frank Sinatra

GOLD COAST 864 N. STATE ST. 312-751-1766

GLENVIEW 1808 N. WAUKEGAN 847-486-1777

LOOP 61 E. MADISON 312-236-1777

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Dearborn, 312/939-3366; 1212 N. Dearborn, 312/337-4490, www.edwardos.com. (I-38)(I-23)

“Serving Chicago’s Authentic Deep Dish Pizza”

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545 N. LaSalle St. (312) 464-1872

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GINO’S EAST A Chicago tradition since 1966, Gino’s is famous for deep-dish pizza that is hand-made to perfection with golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes and your choice of toppings. Full menu includes appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and kid’s menu. Call for hours. All major cards. $$ 633 N. Wells, 312/943-1124; 162 E. Superior, 312/266-DEEP. www.ginoseast.com. (H29)(K-28) PIZANO’S PIZZA & PASTA Frank Sinatra once said, “A day without Pizano’s pasta is like a day without sunshine.” Brighten up your day with homemade gnocchi, but save room for what’s been voted the “#1 thin-crust pizza in Chicago.” Hours vary. AE, MC, V $$ 864 N. State, 312/751-1766; 61 E. Madison, 312/236-1777; 1808 Waukegan Rd in Glenview, 847/486-1777. pizanoschicago.com. (I-26) (I-35)(Suburban) PIZZERIA ORA Build your own traditional Chicago deep-dish or thin crust pizza with your favorite toppings, or choose one of Pizzeria Ora’s specialty pizzas. Sandwiches and Italian entrées also available. $2 downtown delivery. Sun-Thu 6:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 7am-1am. All major cards. $$ 545 N. LaSalle, 312/464-1872, www.pizzeriaora.com. (H-30)

SEAFOOD

*All dishes can be adapted for vegetarians.

Open Daily 11a.m. - 10p.m. 710 North Rush Street (312)944-7100 • (312)944-7694

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CATCH 35 The freshest seafood in the city just a short walk to Chicago’s Theatre District! For meat lovers, try the Bone-in Ribeye, New York Strip or Filet Mignon Medallions. Featuring Live Jazz Tue-Fri 6pm-9pm, Sat 6:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2pm. Dinner: Daily. All major cards. $$$$ 35 W. Wacker, 312/3463500; 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630/717-3500, www.catch35.com. (I-33)(Suburban)


Dining Highlight

STEAKS, CHOPS AND RIBS

CHICAGO CHOP HOUSE Located in a century-old Victorian brownstone with more than 1,400 historical photos, this renowned steakhouse features USDA prime dry-aged and Kobe steaks. An award-winning wine list boasts more than 650 selections. Piano bar. Valet. Mon-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri 5pm-11:30pm, Sat 4pm-11:30pm, Sun 4pm-11pm. All major cards. $$$$ 60 W. Ontario, 312/787-7100, www.chicagochophouse.com. (I-29)

THE FIREPLACE INN A classic Chicago rib joint that’s been serving up some of the best barbecue baby backs around since 1969. An excellent selection of prime steaks, chicken, chops and seafood. All-seasons outdoor patio. Mon-Thu 4:30pmmidnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 1448 N. Wells, 312/664-5264, www.fireplaceinn.com. (G-21) HARRY CARAY’S ITALIAN STEAKHOUSE Legendary Italian Steakhouse serving the finest prime, aged steaks and chops, Italian favorites in a truly warm “Chicago” atmosphere. Hours vary by location. All major cards. $$$$ 33 W. Kinzie, 312/828-0966; 10233 W. Higgins in Rosemont, 847/699-1200; 70 Yorktown Center Westin Lombard, 630/953-3400; www.harrycarays.com. (I-31)(Suburban) KEEFERS One of the most celebrated steakhouses in the country – Keefer’s features a sophisticated stylish décor, and chef-driven menu from the legendary John Hogan. The menu features an outstanding selection of Prime steaks, seafood, chicken, chops, pastas and desserts. Outdoor patio, weather-permitting. All major cards. $$$$ 20 W. Kinzie, 312/467-9525. (H-31) SHULA’S STEAK HOUSE Enjoy an undefeated dining experience. One of the top

Party Fondue Style Chicago’s most unique & interactive dining experience. Private rooms hold up to 105 Several banquet package options No room fees • A/V available Live Music • Cocktail Parties River North | 312.573.0011 Call today to book your group event! www.meltingpot.com

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HOLY MACKEREL! Combining fresh seafood, fresh cocktails as well as a fresh take on a vintage design. Sun-Thu 6am-9pm, Fri-Sat 6am-10pm. All major cards. $$$$ 70 Yorktown Center, Westin Lombard, 630/953-3444, www.holymackerelseafood.com. (Suburban)


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Open for Lunch

five steak houses in America, Shula’s offers a variety of steak and seafood entrees from Twin Cold Water Lobster Tails to the infamous 48oz Porterhouse. MonFri 11am-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 5pm-10:30pm. All major cards. $$$ Sheraton Chicago, 301 E. North Water, 312/670-0788, www.donshula.com. (J-31)

Dining Highlight

PRIVATE PARTIES ◆ VALET PARKING ◆ CATERING & CARRY OUTS

WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT From the people who invented the Weber grill, this downtown dining establishment serves award-winning burgers, slow-smoked regional barbecue, thick juicy Black Angus steaks, seafood and more all grilled to perfection over charcoal on authentic Weber kettles. Sun-Thu 6:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 6:30am-midnight. All major cards. $$$ 539 N. State, 312/467-9696, www.webergrillrestaurant.com. (I-30)

1824 WEST WABANSIA ◆ BUCKTOWN ◆ 773.227.2300 ◆ OPEN SEVEN DAYS

SUSHI FRIENDS SUSHI Located steps from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot are ideal for both casual and romantic dining. Enjoy traditional and specialty maki, sushi and sashimi as well as entrée selections. Daily lunch specials. Sun-Thu 11:30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. $$ 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28)

620 N. Fairbanks 312-280-8366

“The Best Thai Restaurant is also the closest to all the major hotels” – Chicago Tribune

312/337-0000 1 1/ 2 Blocks From the Mag Mile at 230 East Ohio Street

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SUSHI TAIYO This bi-level River North restaurant and lounge features contemporary sushi, sashimi, Asian fusion fare as well as a innovative cocktail menu with high end and regional sake, signature martinis, champagne, wine and Japanese beers.  Open for lunch and dinner daily. Mon-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri –Sat 11:30am-11:30pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. All major cards. $$ 58 E. Ontario, 312/440-1717, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)


TA PAS CAFÉ IBERICO A vivacious atmosphere compliments a colorful menu, Iberico is best known for their tasty tapas. Call for hours and cards. $$ 737 N. LaSalle, 312/573-1510. (H-31) MERCAT A LA PLANXA Take a culinary tour of Barcelona right on Michigan Avenue – here Catalan-inspired cocktails and cuisine come to life. Call for hours. All major cards. $$$ 638 S. Michigan, 312/765-0524. (J-40)

THAI DAO Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine a 1/2 block off the Magnificent Mile in traditional trappings. Find a wide variety of traditional and specialty dishes including Pad Thai, Cashew Chicken, Beef Curry, and more. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. All major cards. $ 230 E. Ohio, 312/337-0000, www.daothai.com. (J-29) SILVER SPOON Only steps from the Magnificent Mile, guests enjoy Zagat-Rated Thai fare like Banana Blossom Salad, Tom Yum, Pad Thai, Curry Noodles, Ginger Chicken, and more in a comfortable casual environment. Vegetarian-friendly. Lunch, dinner, carryout and delivery. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. MC, V $ 710 N. Rush, 312/944-7100, www.silverspoonchicago.com. (I-28) STAR OF SIAM Voted the No. 1 Thai restaurant by Chicago food critics. Star of Siam played a major role in the popularity of Thai food not only in Chicago but also throughout the country. Delivery available to all downtown hotels. Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm. All major cards. $ 11 E. Illinois, 312/670-0100, www.starofsiamchicago.com. (I-30)

“The most fashionable place in town to dine on Thai food”. . . – Chicago Magazine

11 E. ILLINOIS • PHONE 670-0100

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SIMPLY THALIA At Simply Thalia, the philosophy is simple: “Simply healthy, simply fresh, simply delicious!” The menu features the flavors of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Korea and China, as well as a highly-acclaimed sushi selection. All major cards. $$ 108 N. State, pedway level. 312/750-9098. www.simplythalia.com. (I-34)


Nightlife

Chicago has stage presence.

get a peek inside a vibrant ecosystem teeming with life in grand CIRQUE DU SOLEIL–style with OVO. Insects work, eat and play in a non-stop riot of energy and movement under the grand Chapiteau at united Center (1901 W. madison; 800/678-5440). Jake and elwood Blues are once again donning their iconic hats, sunglasses and suits to bring to life a host of the duo’s most memorable hits, including “shake a Tail feather” in THE ALL NEW ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO THE BLUES BROTHERS performing at the auditorium Theatre (50 e. Congress Pkwy; 800/982-2787). meanwhile, the award–winning International sensation DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes to life on stage at the oriental Theatre (24 W. randolph; 800/775-2000) for a limited six-week engagement. experience the romantic classic filled with enchanting acts and unforgettable songs. 62

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CLUBS

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CHI BAR Located in the Sheraton Hotel and Tower. Created by world–renowned designer, Jeffrey Beers, Chi Bar channels Chicago energy by bringing all the excitement and tradition of the Windy City into one deluxe lounge with innovative cocktails, delicious appetizers and sleek

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BATON SHOW LOUNGE This show has the nation’s longest-running female impersonation, Las Vegas-style revue, and has been delighting audiences from around the world for over 40 years. Call for special shows. Show times Wed-Sun at 8:30pm, 10:30pm & 12:30am. All major cards. 436 N. Clark, 312/644-5269, www.thebatonshowlounge.com. (H-38)

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KINGSTON MINES Two bands on two stages provide non-stop music at this legendary blues club seven nights a week, with early sets at 8pm on Thu and 7:30pm on Fri and Sat. Restaurant serves BBQ, catfish, and more for late-night noshing. Cover charge: $12-$15. Sun-Thu 8pm-4am, Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 2548 N. Halsted, 773/477-4646, www.kingstonmines.com. (E-13)

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ambiance. 5pm-1am daily. All major cards. 301 E. North Water, 312/755-2227. (K-31) CLUB LUCKY The 1940s “Supper Club” and lounge is perfect for relaxing with friends or an intimate cocktail. Try their famous killer martini with jumbo hand-stuffed bleu cheese olives. Chicago’s best jukebox. Opens Mon-Fri at 11:30am, Sat at 4:30pm, and Sun at 10:30am. Lounge open until 2am.  All major cards. 1824 W. Wabansia, 773/227-2300, www.clubluckychicago.com. (Northwest of A-20)

BAR AND LOUNGE 440 NORTH STATE STREET (312)464-1400 WWW.DOWNTOWNBARANDLOUNGE.COM

Live Blues 7 Nights a Week!

2 Stages • 2 Bands Doors Open 8:00PM Showtime 9:30PM Till 4AM • 5AM Sat.

$300 OFF Cover Charge with Ad

DOWNTOWN BAR AND LOUNGE Located within walking distance of Chicago’s thriving Theater District, Downtown Bar and Lounge offers guests fashionable lounge areas perfect for pre– or post–theater cocktailing or simply a night on the town. GLTB–friendly. All major cards. Mon-Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-3am, Sun noon-2am. 440 N State St, 312/464-1400, www.downtownbarandlounge.com. (I-31) FRIENDS SUSHI The modern sleek trappings of this Gold Coast sushi spot make for an ideal happy hour, whether with friends or clients. Sample the delicious starter menu featuring Pan Seared Crab Cakes with wasabi aioli, Unagi Egg Rolls, Edamame, Grilled Calamari and more. Sun-Thu 11:30am10pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am. All major cards. 710 N. Rush, 312/787-8998, www.friendssushi.com. (I-28) IZAKAYA HAPA BAR AND LOUNGE A restaurant/lounge featuring Japanese small plates and creative cocktails in an upscale setting. Izakaya Hapa can also accommodate private parties for up to 250. Thu 5pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm. All major cards. $ 58 E. Ontario, 312/202-0808, www.taiyochicago.com. (I-29)

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THE LEG ROOM Voted “Top 10 Best Bars in Chicago” from Chicago Scene, the plush Leg Room features evening and late-night lounging and casual dining in Chicago’s Gold Coast. 7 W. Division, 312/337-2583, www.legroomchicago.com. (I-24)

JAZZ • BLUES • MOTOWN • R&B Live 7 Nights a Week!

COMEDY

773-477-4646 • 2548 N. Halsted

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iO The originators of long-form improvisation have been creating hilarity for nearly 30 years. iO has two theaters. The Del Close Theater features  sketch comedy and stylistic shows, while the Cabaret features their signature long form improvisation, which has made iO famous. Seven nights a week. All major cards. 3541 N. Clark, 773/8800199, chicago.ioimprov.com. (D-5)

The BaCKrooM

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EXCALIBUR Voted “Chicago’s Best Nightclub” by Chicago Tribune, this city landmark features multiple club environments under one roof. Find fresh beats and incredible effects in Vision nightclub, retro dance hits and live DJs in the Cabaret,


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BARS

HEART AND SOUL CHICAGO A new dueling piano/party bar located in Chicago’s vibrant River North area. Open 7 days a week, come sing along to your favorite pop and rock songs. Full menu and specialty drinks are offered. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.heartandsoulchicago.com. (I-30)

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EMERALD LOOP BAR & GRILL In addition to a late-night restaurant menu, this modern Irish pub boasts a 40-foot wood bar with expansive drink list including aged whiskeys, specialty martinis, and a perfect pint of Guinness. TVs throughout. Football Specials. Mon-Fri 11am-2am, Sat 9am-3am and

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THE BACKROOM One of the city’s most intimate nightclubs. A sophisticated, sultry atmosphere blends nicely with the rhythmic melodies emanating from the stage. Live music nightly includes blues, pop and R&B. Show times & covers vary. Two-drink minimum. Private party room available. Sun-Fri 8pm-2am, Sat 8pm3am. All major cards. 1007 N. Rush, 312/751-2433, www.backroomchicago.com. (I-25)

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VIP’s – A GENTLEMEN’S CLUB Chicago’s most sophisticated gentlemen’s club features over 200 of the world’s most beautiful showgirls who perform continuous stage shows and intimate table dances. Guests must be 21+ and properly attired. No cover before 6pm on weekdays. Mon-Fri 4pm-4am, Sat 6pm-5am, Sun 8pm-4am. All major cards. 1531 N. Kingsbury, 312/664-7400, www.vipschicago.com. (West of E-20)

FINN MCCOOL’S and THE LOFT Irish warmth and hospitality with a dash of Gold Coast energy. Plenty of large-screen TVs, Top 40s and classic rock tunes, and dancing upstairs in The Loft. Daily drink and dinner specials. 15 W. Division, 312/3374349, www.finnmccoolschicago.com. (I-24)

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VISION World-renowned Global and Local DJs spin every Friday and Saturday amidst four levels of nightclub luxury. Fri 10pm-4am, Sat 10pm-5am. Schedule available online. All major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-2114, www.visionnightclub.com. (H-29)

Sun 9am-2am. All major cards. 216 N. Wabash, 312/263-0200, www.emeraldloop.com. (I-33)

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and late-night dining. Tue-Fri 7pm–4am, Sat 7pm–5am. Major credit cards. 632 N. Dearborn, 312/266-1944, www.excaliburchicago.com. (H-29)

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THE REDHEAD PIANO BAR Enjoy one of The Redhead’s signature martinis as you listen to Chicago’s top piano-player vocalists playing upbeat standards, pop and rock hits seven nights a week. The atmosphere is lively but comfortable. Proper attire. Sun-Fri 7pm-4am, Sat 7pm-5am. All major cards. 16 W. Ontario, 312/640-1000, www.redheadpianobar.com. (H-29)

Simply Bistro & Sake Lounge

108 S. State St.

Block 37 Pedway Level (312)656-0553 simplythalia.com

833 W. Chicago Ave. Just West of Halsted (312)226-6020 thaliaspice.com

REVUE THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER World’s #1 male revue performs five shows weekly. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/361-3613, www.thunderinchicago.com. (I-30)

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HOP HAUS Snack on more than 20 varieties of gourmet burgers, 32 different frothy craft beers, and artisan wines available by the glass and bottle. Mon-Wed 11am-midnight, Thu 11am-2am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 10am-5am, Sun 10am-midnight. All major cards. $$ 646 N. Franklin, 312/2808832, www.thehophaus.com. (H-29) LASALLE POWER CO. A three-in-one party enclave featuring the city’s hottest bar, a dueling piano bar, and top male revue. 500 N. LaSalle, 312/661-1122, www.lasallepowerco.com. (I-30)


The Glass of Charles Lotton Lotton Gallery 900 N Michigan Ave. Level 6 Chicago, IL 312-664-6203

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I.O. THEATRE I.O. 3541 N. Clark, 773/880-0199. For 30 years, i.O. has been the premier improvisational comedy club in Chicago. These originators of long-form improv are famous for their hilarious, yet highly intelligent comedy shows—featuring their signature piece, THE HAROLD. Bill Murray describes their shows as “the most important group work since they built the pyramids.” The i.O. houses two theaters, two bars, and has six shows a night. The cast shines with talent reminiscent of alumni that include Mike Myers, Chris Farley and more. Call for schedule. chicago.ioimprov.com.

COMEDYSPORTZ THEATRE COMEDYSPORTZ 929 W. Belmont, 773/549-8080. In an ultimate comedy competition, two teams comprised of improv all-stars vie for the most laughs and the subsequent title as ComedySportz champion. With suggestions and comments from the audience, the red and blue teams sing, dance and deliver improvised scenes in this no-holds-bar battle of comedy. Performance schedule is Thu at 8pm, Fri 8pm & 10pm, Sat at 6pm, 8pm & 10pm. $22. Located just steps from the red, brown and purple line Belmont El stop. For tickets, call 773/549-8080 or visit www.comedysportzchicago.com

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OVO, under the Blue-and-Yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) at the United Center. Cirque du Soleil returns to Chicago this summer for a limited engagement with OVO, a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.  When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives.  Tickets are $68.50-$243.50, and can be purchased at www.cirquedusoleil.com. 

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Editor’s Choice still undecided about what to do in Chicago? here are a few of our favorites:

Tour du jour some visitors prefer something beyond the postcard views when it comes to a tour of our fair city – perhaps something a little more off-the-beaten-path. here are four tour operators offering a new perspective on Chicago: Chicago Film Tours  hop aboard for a 2-hour bus tour of “hollywood by the lake,” with stops at sites from movies including The Dark Knight, The Fugitive and The Blues Brothers. $30. Clark between Ontario and Ohio; 312/593-4455. Chicago’s Finest River Walk Tour This in-depth walking tour focuses on Chicago’s glorious achievements and horrific tragedies. $8-$15. Departs from Du Sable statue at NE corner of Michigan Ave Bridge; 312/202-0745. Frank Lloyd Wright Tour by Chicago Savvy Tours Take a bus tour of the master architect’s magnificent designs in Chicago, suburban oak Park, or along the North shore. $38-$55. 401 N. Michigan; 312/731-8000. Steve’s Segway Tours see the city from a new angle aboard your own segway i2 Personal Transporter during a 3-hour morning or afternoon tour, or a 2-hour evening tour. $60-$70. 350 E. Monroe; 312/946-9467. 70

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See the best views in Chicago “Our family has been scouring the world for over 40 years. We’re proud to say that if you want to see the best views in Chicago, we’ll show you the best art in the world” – Diane Petr Hasenstab, President

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